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The Best of BP&O — September 2016

Selected by Richard Baird.

  The Best of BP&O – September 2016

September’s highlights included Franklyn’s work for Vonhof, Uproot by Believe in to celebrate the studio’s expansion into Canada, and Bond’s brand identity for Moi Helsinki. However, there were five projects that stood out, and have made it into BP&O’s Best Of Series.

This feature brings together some of the most usual / distinctive projects published on the site each month for another opportunity to be seen and shared. These typically balance a strong communicative concept with a compelling aesthetic that appropriately plays with a mix of form, colour, type and layout, as well as material, texture, image and print finish.

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Barro de Cobre by Savvy, Mexico

Opinion by Richard Baird.

Branding and packaging by Mexican design studio Savvy for twice distilled mezcal Barro de Cobre

Barro de Cobre is a mezcal from Oaxaca, Southern Mexico, distilled twice; once using a clay pot and the second in copper. It is a unique process that takes time, but produces a strong yet smooth, clear but earthy character. The name Barro de Cobre, Copper Clay roughly translated, is an expression of this process, which also goes on to inform brand identity and packaging, created by graphic design studio Savvy.

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The Best of BP&O — Beer Mats & Coasters

Selected by Richard Baird.

The Best of BP&O – Beer Mats & Coasters

An extensive collection of beer mats and coasters created as part of a broader brand identity programme, reviewed and published on BP&O between 2011 and 2016. Between them, these highlight how colour, type, image, shape, material choice and print finish contribute to a distinctive and communicative brand identity. This set includes uncoated and coated boards, photography and illustration, dyed papers, embossed surfaces and foils. Featured studios include Inhouse, Build, Werklig and Bond. Be sure to click through to get a sense of how these fit within a broader brand identity program and the communicative intentions that underpin their aesthetic.

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Sentralen by Metric Design, Norway

Opinion by Josh Nychuk.

Brand identity for Oslo-based cultural centre and co-working space Sentralen by Metric Design, Norway

The former building of Norway’s first savings bank, which began as a social initiative to serve the working class people of Oslo, now houses Sentralen, a mixed-use cultural centre. Sentralen continues in the traditions of the bank, functioning as a hub for innovators concerned with and looking to address present day societal issues.

The centre houses over 350 tenants working in cultural production, while also accommodating business needs through small meeting spaces and venues for conferences. It also intends to bring the neighbourhood to life with activities throughout the week in one of its six performing arts venues, a classic cocktail bar and restaurant with a menu of contemporary Norwegian dishes.

Scandinavian studio Metric Design was responsible for the visual identity design of Sentralen (main entity), Sentralen UNG (youth) and Sentralen Restaurant (plus bar & cafeteria), as was well as way-finding program and website which connects guests with all there is to experience at the centre. While a comprehensive project, this article focuses on visual identity and way-finding components, and was kindly written by New York-based Canadian freelance designer, writer and educator Josh Nychuk.

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